The Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Fort Portal, Uganda is one of eight Regional Centres of excellence of JCRC. It was founded in 2003 and is part of the partnership between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Defence. The clinic is affiliated with Makerere University and receives support from both government and private resources, including DDCF and competitive grants. There are currently 30 members of staff and volunteers working at the clinic. The clinic treats patients with HIV and related infectious diseases. As of the 1st of April 2010, there were approximately 5000 HIV positive patients on follow-up in this clinic, of whom approximately 4000 patients are currently on first-line treatment, and approximately 200 patients have been started on second-line therapy. The site is experienced in clinical research and has participated in numerous trials including PASER and MARCH. The key EARNEST site personnel are Prof. Peter Mugyenyi (PI), Dr. Mary Kiconco (Co-PI) and James Ditai (Trial Manager) and these are ably supported by a comprehensive and enthusiastic team.
More information on JCRC can be obtained via http://www.jcrc.co.ug.